I'm on instagram today posting about mundane "day in the life of a lit agent" sort of stuff but I think there will be some cool things popping into my inbox today and I'm doing an #askagent there so feel free to come hang. instagram.com/agentkellyvans…
Nancy Writes @nancywriteon@Sarah_Nicolas I've written a coming-of-age novel that would appeal to teens and adults as well. The protagonist is a teen, so do I need to label it as YA? I wish there was just a coming of age category!
I'm going to be honest and say very, very few books fit in both ya or adult. It has to do with filter. Is it a teen telling their story directly or is their story filtered through an adult lens?
Amber is querying @amberswips@Sarah_Nicolas why do the querymanager forms ask for phone number and address? is there a specific reason?
Phone number so we can call if we need to. Address maybe so we can put it on the agency agreement, which we like to prepare before the call. It's often optional tho
Abigail Guerrero is querying! 🇲🇽 @_gail_guerrero@Sarah_Nicolas This is probably a weird question but I've been wondering for a while... When an agent decides to offer rep, do they need "permission" from the agency? Like, do they have to consult it with the ancient agent council or it's a totally individual decision?
Some agencies they do, others they don't. Some only more junior agents need approval
Mustafa Alrawi @folo1976@Sarah_Nicolas Thanks for this. I hear YA is especially tough now. If you like a story pitched as YA would you suggest to the author changing the book to adult?
No, everything is tough. I don't think ya is harder than adult in any given fiction genre
💚 Liz On Occasion @DanzierLea@Sarah_Nicolas What do you do when your genre's not on anyone's MS wishlist? (I have a swashbuckler in the works.)
"Swashbuckler" is a sub sub genre. So go up to subgenre and look for that
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf@Sarah_Nicolas #askagent If you could teach a class on the one thing you would want people submitting you to do, what would the class be about?
People submitting to me? Idk if it would cover a whole class but just a sentence: "read more books in your genre"
Writers in general: I really want to teach avoiding publishing scams more
Sophie Bradley @SophieBauthor@Sarah_Nicolas Are there any trends in fantasy that you are noticing right now? It seems like there are very few agents open to fantasy at the moment.
Upmarket lower/light touch of fantasy is in high demand, but the number of editors taking straight, classic fantasy seems to be really small
Ellie L @RedPencilScript@Sarah_Nicolas This is completely objective because I don't match your MSWL, but have you ever changed your mind about a rejection and come back to it?
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf@Sarah_Nicolas #Askagent What is something you are dying to see that has not crossed into your inbox yet?
A clever, charismatic con artist who is not a cis man
Zackary Dahlin @ZackDahlin@Sarah_Nicolas If agents know a colleague would adore a manuscript that they themselves would not represent, would they/you ever refer the author to that respective agent as part of a rejection?
At Tobias, we often share in house via querymanager. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't query other agents after a rejection because we don't always know what the others are looking for.
Gerrie (AKA "YogiGer") Summers @GerrieSummers@LaneHeymont I saw a tweet about replying to an agent's rejection with a TY. I'd read that you shouldn't respond, even if there's a little feedback (unless it's a revise & resubmit) because agents have too much to read already. Should I have sent a TY?
Sending a TY is polite. I send them to editors who pass but some agents may find them annoying? I think it’s fine to say TY as long as that’s ALL you say. A lot of authors use any form of communication as a shot to keep the convo going and THAT’S what agents don’t have time for.
Dan Desai Martin @DanMartinTalks@LaneHeymont If a query was rejected more than a year ago, and significant revisions have been made, is it worthwhile to re-query? If so, what is the protocol for doing so -- I assume to say upfront in the query letter that this is a resubmission?
Yes to all that.
Alana DeVito @alanamayd@annmrose How do you feel about MG verse novels and around what word count do you feel works best? Thanks
Love novels in verse
For verse I think it’s more about page count in the end vs word count since the standard number of words aren’t on a page if that makes sense
But if you want a WC + 10k-30k give or take
S.B. Black @Siwyenbast@annmrose Hi! I have a similar question to one that's answered, but for YA High Fantasy. How's the market for it doing right now? I'm not quite ready to query for my YA portal fantasy, but I would love to have an idea on the market and see if my timing is good or not.
Like every other market it’s very crowded so make sure you highlight was is unique or different about yours and why it will stand out in the crowd
Meaning — have a really strong hook
Charles Suddeth @CharlesSuddeth@annmrose Historical fiction, hooray or nay?
That’s very vague.
If it’s a historical moment that has interest in being explored from a voice we may not have heard from historically then it’s absolutely a yay
MeghanRickardWrites @RickardWrites@annmrose How do agents know what stories will sell? Are you all able to see the future? 🙃
We all provide a yearly sacrifice….
No just kidding. We all try to watch the market and talk to editors and find out what they are looking for so it’s some logic with some guess work and luck mixed in ❤️
Ellie L @RedPencilScript@annmrose Hi Ann, how important is an established social presence, website, having TikTok or Instagram, and connecting a brand with all of them before publishing?
Depends on what you are writing. If you are writing non-fiction you need a platform but that doesn’t necessarily mean XX number of followers on the clock app
If it’s fiction - it doesn’t hurt but it also isn’t the end all be all
Tempestmir is fresh out of ducks. @tempestmir@annmrose Hypothetically speaking, suppose you query an agent at a "one and done" agency and that agent mysteriously disappears from the agency site & there's no mention of why or where they went. What's the writer's recourse there?
Query someone else 🤷🏼♀️ — you can mention you sent it to so and so and never received a response and now that they seem to be gone you weren’t sure their protocol ❤️
rob is revising @robinspncr@annmrose Hii Ann!!❤️ Do you think there’s room for younger YA in the current market?? I feel like my book is between YA and MG
I do. But also it has to fit on one of those shelves so make sure it is sitting on one ❤️